Slaving away in the studio ;-D

As you can see, slaving away is really not an exaggeration! I am working with 50 squares of cast resin with interesting objects and better than them. The stones form a pair of spirals whose center is a separately cast resin piece with very interesting interiors!

The slaving away part of this really comes from having to do whatever I do to one Square, I have to do to all 50 squares! Because this is not my first rodeo, as I am encountering things that I can make jigs for, I am setting myself up with a set of tools to work with this 50 square mold so that at least all my figuring out will not be for naught😆

The biggest challenge I faced, was trying to figure out how to ensure that every single square was positioned both at the same exact height, because in this piece, I would like them all at the same height. There will be other pieces where I play with varying heights, but not this one.

This piece they need to be exact, and I have constructed strips of pvc with Teflon tape on top that will slide underneath these squares, while I am gluing them into their drilled holes on the background, and keep them exactly the same distance apart from the background. The idea is that once the glue is set, and they are all properly placed, I will be able to slide these five strips out, and all will be well!

The photo with the T squares, and the red marker lines on the background is the layout on the final backing piece for the placement of each of these squares. I have placed frisket paper, which is a low tack clear acetate sheet over the PVC background so I can draw on it and keep it protected. I will also be able to mark the drill hole positions on this, drill the holes and then remove the frisket paper so that I can place the squares properly🤞🤞🤞

Check back for the finished product, I have also figured out a wonderful hanging system that is secure and allows the piece to float an inch and a half away from the back wall where it’s mounted. I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to put some back lights on it so that there will be a soft glow around the edge.

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